Owner Of All Hip Hop Pens Open Letter To Nicki Minaj

Chuck Creekmur, friend of BA, father and owner of one of the biggest hip hop blogs in the world -- AllHipHop.com, had a few things to get off his chest when he saw Nicki Minaj's new artwork for her song "Anaconda". He felt so strongly about it as a father of a young daughter that he penned an open letter to the rapper. Read it below. 

Dear Nicki Minaj,

I own AllHipHop.com.

AllHipHop has been historically uber supportive of the rapper Nicki Minaj. That’s YOU, homie! When I say historically, we can take it all the way back to when you had to stand in line to get into parties or those grimy underground videos you once pumped out on the streets. You know, that period of time before Lil Wayne and Young Money. Along the way, something changed. This isn’t the change everybody wants to talk about though. No hate there. AllHipHop had published an old image for some reason or another some years ago. You remember the one of you licking a lollipop and evoking the now-classic image of Lil Kim in all of her crotchiness? Of course you remember your version of that image, because you asked us to take it down, through a member of the team. The team member let us know that Nicki is no longer on that and is doing a lot to promote a new image – “blah blah blah.”

But, guess what? Not only do I run AllHipHop, I’m a father too.

For moment there, I felt like I had briefly peered into the deepest recesses of Nicki Minaj’s true inner self, a being that cares how this ratchet s**t affects my kid. I said to myself, “Self, how cool is this? Nicki is already evolving into somebody that my daughter may get to listen to on my watch. Maybe.” I’ve been in the music game a minute now so I know how it goes. So, when I peeped the artwork for your latest single, I wasn’t even shocked. I was just disappointed. The song: “Anaconda.” The art: your booty in a thong. As a man, I can appreciate the virtues of your perfect posterior. The dad guy is not a happy camper, particularly now that is lil’ girl is transitioning into a young lady.

Now, the most popular, current Black female rapper starts overtly pushing her hyper-sexualized image again?

Just my luck.

I’m trying to raise a young girl that will eventually grow into something greater than the both of us. I know that this requires great parenting, great education, great luck and an assortment of great influences. If sure you know the influence you wield but now. If you told the “Barbs” to scratch my eyes out, some would attack without thinking about it. I’m sure some will also replicate the “Anaconda” image without thinking about it too. Your original image already has 256,817  (and counting) likes under the original Instagram picture you posted so I venture that your average girl could strive to get a couple hundred likes from her friends. Is this the path you want to lead impressionable kids down?

Make no mistake about it, you are a leader now.

I love the era of Hip-Hop where I found my influences. They were all over the place, ranging from Chuck D and Public Enemy to LL Cool J to KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions and others like De La Soul. Even the so-called gangster rappers had something to offer. Ice Cube, Scarface and Willie D of the Geto Boys, and Ice-T all get nods for being influential in my upbringing. I don’t know all of those that impacted you as a young woman, but how dope would it be if you transcended what people expected of you? Like, how cool would it be for your transformation to extend beyond NOT wearing blonde wigs and crazing clothing?

This year alone, Black people lost titans in Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee. Those women were entertainers as well and the impact they have had on the lives of their constituency and never be understated. They SERVED the people and they knew that, without that mutual love and respect, we both cease to exist. Ruby and Maya didn’t live perfect lives, but their imperfections made their greatness all the more clear. Imagine you being regarded in such a way? The way Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah and MC Lyte have been for their communities? I know, times have changed, but one thing is for sure: careers can come and go. Legacy stays.

I can’t lie. My kid barely knows who you are and if she does, its rooted in “American Idol” or something like that. (She does like your bars on “Shanell’s song “Cupid’s Got A Gun.”) I’ve sheltered her on purpose though, all the while letting her read about heroic females in music and culture. As she gets older, it will be harder for me to limit her exposure to you, especially if you continue to do headline-grabbing moves like the “Anaconda” cover. I don’t want to EVER see her posted up one day emulating you the way I “fought the power” like I was Chuck D’s little brother back in 1989. Or, the way you emulated Kim.

For a moment, forget my daughter and lets talk about you. My interactions and observations tell me you are this sweet, kind person at heart. When you get a quiet moment answer the following questions.

How is Onika Tanya Maraj doing?

How does she truly feel about Nick Minaj right now?

What is your higher purpose with young girls (and boys)?

What is the message you are sending when you determine how you will inspire these young people?

How will boys, already conditioned to sexualize girls at a young age, internalize this big booty of yours?

Where does the gimmick end and you begin?

Believe it or not, I care. I think you are dope. You’ve bodied some of my favorite artists on songs like “Monster.” Yet the possibly of you transcending this gnaws at me, because I know you don’t have to succumb to bottom feeding.

When the request was made to remove that image from my site, I complied. I complied – not because I had to – but because I truly respected you for taking that position. On the lecture circuit, I’ve even defended you from those that feel you are a detriment to the community, down to the Barbie imagery. I’ve done this based on what I think is a glimpse of what you really desire , which is to be a more positive role model of some sort for young girls who are under siege on in these streets.  Now, you take this squatting position on the cover of a song called “Anaconda,” which I am sure radio will play until its played out. I’ll be on Spotify though and so will my daughter when she’s with me.

All in all, this is a letter born from love. A love of my kid, a love of Hip-Hop and a love for the potential that lives in one Onika Tanya Maraj aka Nicki Minaj.


Chuck Creekmur

P.S. You think you could follow me on Twitter again?


Thoughts on the letter?

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Comment by Formally Known as Ginger on July 28, 2014 at 10:39pm

That picture broke my heart. Nicki is a role model whether she likes it's or not. That picture is better suited for an ebony p0rn cover than a major artist's cover art. And what makes it worse is that when someone says anything critical of the picture they are automatically labeled as being a hater. The picture was over the top, end of story.

Comment by Life's Journey on July 28, 2014 at 11:44pm
I here what he is saying... Even without Nicki's Anaconda pose a lot of these chicks have been spreaing it and showing it for years/decades now famous or not... This is much deeper than Anaconda Nicki... A young girl doesn't have to go far to see this type of imagery... She doesn't have to look to celebs... Social media is powerful... The raunchy girl in school or her neighborhood is powerful... You can't stop it... All you can do is hope she is strong enough to see past it because it's everywhere... I could go on...

Forgive any typos... I didn't proofread before hitting send...
Comment by Eleven8 on July 29, 2014 at 12:05am

As far as Nicki is concerned, I feel like Nicki doesn't have to do this but it's a desperate move/attempt. Nicki went the majority of her career (once getting on) not having to really do this. She may have dressed like sailor moon but she didn't have to bust it open....ever. So for her to need to do it now makes me feel like she needed some kind of last ditch effort at relevancy. It's kinda sad.

Comment by Tone on July 29, 2014 at 12:12am
Think about it her image to white kids was being silly and having fun. Her image to black kids is sexual me violent.
Comment by Shell Yisrael on July 29, 2014 at 12:34am

A sad cry for attention..she knows her time is fading as a major star so she has to resort back to this. She looks lost and cheap...shes supposed to be selling music not her @$$ cheeks.

Comment by Denise on July 29, 2014 at 12:36am

I feel like she has passed that point. It just looks a little desperate. Right when we thought she was done with the gimmicks, she just moved on to a new one.

Comment by SoLuscious on July 29, 2014 at 7:56am
@so nasty I totally agree with you.
I also feel like this shows nikki doesn't have as much power over her image as she portrays. This looks to me like something her labels marketing team came up with but it's a fail.
Comment by V on July 29, 2014 at 8:59am

Agree with you guys; Nikki became a cartoon after her first cd; too much makeup and wild antics. Her initial, hard-core rap skills and appeal started to fade. I don't care what she says, posing like this is FOUL. If she was just a broke wannabe model on an adult magazine-ok. But if you claim to have REAL talent and are a REAL star, your pride won't let you demean yourself to sell cds. Ish is f-o-u-l.

Comment by Sheli on July 29, 2014 at 9:04am

I'm with the majority, I don't think her career is at the point where she had to go "here" I honestly don't think Iggy will last as long as Nicki did. I liked the "new" Nicki (fashion wise) and the girl actually make some good songs.

Comment by Coco Apèritif on July 29, 2014 at 9:28am
Rad, thank you! You said it ALL.

The same people who see this as distasteful will be the first ones singing along with vulgar rap lyrics calling women all types of bxtches, heauxs, and THOTs and don't bat an eyelash at the obscene and violence-inducing language of these artists. I'm not saying either is right or wrong, it just perplexes me the selective outrage people have - particularly when it comes to women who are overtly sexual and come on the scene with the same bravado of her male counterparts.

Also, this is the type of image I would so see Nicki doing. Nothing shocking about it to me, coming from her. If this was Taylor Swift or something, yeah LOL. But this is totally Nicki's MO - she does things for shock value, as does Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Madonna in her prime. I didn't feel any type of way about the photo.


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